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The Week: November 28 - December 1, 2011

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Both the calendar year and autumn arts season are coming to a close, but it's a lively week in Madison. The calendar includes: the return of Guys on Ice musical; talks by Paul Oakley Stovall, Lynda Barry, and Greg Palast; the Soup & Bread cookbook tour; "Opera Night" at Mad Toast Live and the Joining Forces for Families benefit featuring Phil Vassar; and, more live music from The Barley Brothers, Venice Gas House Trolley, Jim James & the Damn Shames, Social Distortion, Infected Mushroom, Hank3 with Hellbilly, and Orphan Bloom.

Monday 11.28
NOTEWORTHY: Lady Astor becomes first woman elected to British House of Commons, 1919.

Paul Oakley Stovall
UW Vilas Hall's Mitchell Theatre, 7 pm
Only a couple of events remain in the great Stew & Friends series, which has seen musician/composer/playwright/UW artist in residence Stew hosting one mesmerizing guest after another. This one features New York-based writer/composer/actor Stovall, whose recent show Clear: A New Musical Experience is about a gay black man who gets involved in a political campaign.

The Barley Brothers
Malt House, 7:30 pm
Tired of playing air guitar to rock 'n' roll anthems? Roll out your air banjo and invisible fiddle as this local string band performs Cajun tunes, country-blues ballads and old-fashioned hootenanny music.

Venice Gas House Trolley
Cardinal Bar, 9 pm
Adam Gregory Pergament and his crew of groove makers turn the Cardinal Bar into a modern-day speakeasy with a fusion of jam rock and beat-inspired poetry. With DJ Dr. Beatz.

Tuesday 11.29
Beatles alumnus/Traveling Wilbury George Harrison dies, 2001.

Jim James & the Damn Shames
High Noon Saloon, 6 pm
With influences that range from Steve Earle to Count Basie, this local outfit harvests an eclectic crop of musical ideas whether it's performing a country-tinged slow dance or a fast-paced rocker. With Ghost Town Council.

Mad Toast Live: Opera Night
Brink Lounge, 7 pm
Violinist Chris Wagoner and cellist Mary Gaines chat with Candid Concert Opera, a company that performs opera music in churches and senior centers, and Fresco Opera Theater, which stages operas with an approach inspired by modern envelope-pushers such as Lady Gaga and Cirque du Soleil.

Guys on Ice
Overture Center's Playhouse, 7:30 pm. Also Wednesday & Thursday, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 7:30 pm
Door County's American Folklore Theatre presents James Kaplan and Fred Alley's ice-fishing musical. Did you think there couldn't possibly be a show tune called "Ode to a Snowmobile Suit"? You thought wrong.

Joining Forces for Families benefit featuring Phil Vassar
Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm
The country artist behind the 2004 hit "In a Real Love" joins the chart-climbing Arkansas natives of Edens Edge to raise funds for Joining Forces for Families, an organization working to transform social services by addressing hunger, violence and unemployment.

Social Distortion
Orpheum Theatre, 8 pm
Social D spearheaded the SoCal punk sound 33 years ago, but between rehab and lineup changes, they've released only seven full-length studio albums. Check out the latest, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, at this show and in this week's Tour Stop. With Suedehead.

Wednesday 11.30
NOTEWORTHY: President Clinton signs Brady Bill, 1993.

Lynda Barry
Chazen Museum of Art, 4:30 pm
Ahead of her upcoming, semester-long residency with the UW Arts Institute, the Wisconsin-based comic artist (Ernie Pook's Comeek) discusses her work.

Soup & Bread
High Noon Saloon, 5:30 pm
Cooks from Graze, Weary Traveler and other local eateries donate soup and bread for this touring event, which is occasioned by the release of Chicagoan Martha Bayne's Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time. As at similar events Bayne has hosted at Chicago's Hideout nightclub in recent years, donations benefit charity -- Second Harvest Foodbank, specifically.

Greg Palast
Barrymore Theatre, 7 pm
The provocative author and journalist -- he said louder than anyone that the 2000 and 2004 elections were rigged -- talks about his new book, Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores.

Infected Mushroom
Majestic Theatre, 9 pm
This DJ duo's name doesn't exactly whet one's appetite for food, but its entrancing psychedelic music keeps ears coming back for more, earning a top-10 berth on the Billboard charts for the single "Smashing the Opponent."

Thursday 12.1
NOTEWORTHY: Rosa Parks arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her bus seat, 1955.

Hank3 with Hellbilly
Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm
The grandson of Hank Williams Sr. tears up the Barrymore with his rabblerousing rockabilly band and selections from their 2010 release, Rebel Within. With Attention Deficit Domination and 3 Bar Ranch.

Orphan Bloom
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
By melding blues, traditional Indian music, finger-style guitar licks and a glimmer of heavy metal into their rock songs, this local group flout genre labels. Bask in a live performance as they release a new LP. With Tiger Clutch and Colorphase.

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